Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci

Baldacci named Bangor mayor, wants city to be welcoming to immigrants

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 14, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.
Attorney Joe Baldacci called on the city to be more welcoming to immigrants in a speech that followed his being named the City Council’s new chairman and Bangor’s new mayor.
 Lisa Liberatore, co-founder of CoVort, a co-working space coming to 49 Main Street in Bangor, talks about all of the amenities that will be in the space recently in Bangor.

Bangor businesses will have a place to CoVort

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 12, 2016, at 7:48 a.m.
CoVort is a startup business housed in a 2,000-square-foot storefront at 49 Main St. that will take advantage of the nationwide trend toward co-working.
Bangor City Councilor Gibran Graham.

Bangor councilor calls for examination of how the council selects its chair

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 11, 2016, at 2 p.m.
“This is something that all of us vote on that is not made available for public discussion,” Councilor Gibran Graham said at a council meeting Thursday.
LGBT members of local Unitarian Universalist churches, including these participating in a vigil in Bangor on Wednesday night, fear that a Trump presidency will curtail their legal rights and social acceptance.

Fearful of backlash against LGBT from Trump win, Unitarians find comfort in vigils, prayer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 10, 2016, at 4:21 p.m.
Donald Trump’s stunning ascension to the presidency has local Unitarian Universalist church members praying that he won’t curtail the social and legal acceptance that gay and transgendered citizens say they have earned through decades of perseverance.

Maine votes to hike tax on high earners to boost school aid

By Christopher Cousins and Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1 p.m.
Question 2, which sought to tax high-earners for the benefit of Maine’s public schools, has emerged victorious.

Incumbent, two former members win Bangor City Council seats

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1:37 a.m.
An incumbent and two former members won City Council seats in unofficial election results released early Wednesday.
Brittany Foye, who is a server at Paddy Murphy's, says she is not in favor of Question 4, which is about raising the minimum wage, on Friday in Bangor. Foye, who has worked in the restaurant business for nine years, believes it will affect small businesses and change the way servers serve.

Restaurant Workers of Maine group opts against minimum wage increase

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 04, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
“I think our tips will go way down if it passes,” server Taylor Trafton said Friday. “I would definitely lose out.”

‘Everybody wants to help': Millinocket rallying to aid accident victims

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 04, 2016, at 7:05 a.m.
A group of volunteers is rallying to help four teens who suffered significant injuries when the SUV they were riding in rolled over several times on Baxter State Park Road just outside Millinocket last month.
Six buildings on Exchange Street in the block with the old Bangor Hydro building, which were recently purchased by ANM Properties of Bangor, can be seen July 28 in Bangor.

‘Any idea is good’: Developer hopes to revitalize Exchange Street in Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 03, 2016, at 4:48 p.m.
Adam Moskovitz said he wants to preserve the historic integrity of the structures as much as possible.
Lincoln Paper and Tissue as seen on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

Officials: Lincoln hopes to start redeveloping mill site in 2017

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 03, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
Ideally, the mill site will be among several places revitalized next year.

Bangor council approves pot moratorium

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 01, 2016, at 9:21 p.m.
Bangor City Solicitor Norman Heitmann (right) and City Council Chairman Sean Faircloth confer before a special council meeting on Tuesday in Bangor. Councilors unanimously voted for a six-month moratorium on city recreational marijuana facilities.

Bangor council approves ‘safety valve’ marijuana moratorium

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 01, 2016, at 8:09 p.m.
The City Council voted unanimously to impose a six-month citywide ban of all retail cultivation and sale of recreational-purpose marijuana should voters say yes on Question 1.
Renovations continued at the former Pine Tree Inn of Bangor on Monday as Erick Parker of Bangor rakes leaves there.

City extends purchase and development agreement on former Pine Tree Inn

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 31, 2016, at 7:48 p.m.
John Karnes wants a little more time to turn the former Pine Tree Inn into extended stay suites.

A good location for extended stays

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 31, 2016, at 6:52 p.m.
Anah Shrine clown Bo-Bo stands and waits to hand out candy and cards to kids during a Trunk or Treat event at the temple in Bangor on Friday evening.

For true clowns, anger, shame inside the center ring of a media circus

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 29, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
One former clown, Owls Head resident David Hauger, said he finds the warnings sad and the scares frustrating.

Brewer city council candidate must overcome bail conditions if he wins office

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 27, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
If he gets elected, City Council candidate Randy Tompkins will need permission from a judge or Brewer police to assume his seat in City Hall.

Third suspect arrested in Sherman killing

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 27, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
A third Massachusetts resident has been charged in connection with the death of an Oakfield man.
This city block on Exchange Street, which was for sale for $1.95 million, was sold on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to ANM Properties. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Six Bangor buildings sold in one blockbuster package

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 26, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
The last large block of downtown buildings left underused since the 1990s is in the hands of a new owner who closed on the purchase of six Exchange Street buildings on Wednesday, officials said.
Clyde Cooper

Prison inmate escapes Bangor worksite

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 25, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Authorities were searching Tuesday for a prison inmate who walked off a work detail in Bangor, a Maine Department of Corrections spokesman said.

Police to charge two Massachusetts men in Sherman homicide

on Oct. 25, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
(From the BDN) Both men will face a murder charge in connection with the death of Douglas Morin, 31, of Oakfield.